Published Friday, July 19, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 10:09 AM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 15 Jake Long
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2013 football season.

Jake Long | 6-foot-4 | 240 pounds | Sr. | Tight end

Click here to see previous entries in the Husker Camp Countdown series.

There aren’t many question marks on the Nebraska offense, but tight end would be one of them after the Huskers lost longtime contributors Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed.

Those two combined for 107 career catches (42 last season) and played an awful lot of downs. The replacement efforts start with Long, whose importance is only punctuated by the complete lack of experience behind him.

The walk-on doesn’t have Cotton’s size or Reed’s speed, but has a mix of both and should be a useful contributor in his final season. Long caught six passes as a junior, including a touchdown against Southern Mississippi. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick is the twin brother of NU guard Spencer Long, a second-team All-American last season.

Previous entries (and honorable mentions):

>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen
>> No. 45: Paul Thurston
>> No. 44: Mauro Bondi
>> No. 43: Sam Cotton
>> No. 42: Michael Rose
>> No. 41: Jordan Westerkamp
>> No. 40: Tommy Armstrong
>> No. 39: Trevor Roach
>> No. 38: Andy Janovich
>> No. 37: Mo Seisay
>> No. 36: Alonzo Moore
>> No. 35: Harvey Jackson
>> No. 34: Charles Jackson
>> No. 33: Avery Moss
>> No. 32: Terrell Newby
>> No. 31: Matt Finnin
>> No. 30: Aaron Curry
>> No. 29: Jared Afalava
>> No. 28: Vacated
>> No. 27: Adam Taylor
>> No. 26: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
>> No. 25: Andrew Rodriguez
>> No. 24: Andrew Green
>> No. 23: Randy Gregory
>> No. 22: Kevin Williams
>> No. 21: Greg McMullen
>> No. 20: Imani Cross
>> No. 19: Brent Qvale
>> No. 18: C.J. Zimmerer
>> No. 17: Jake Cotton
>> No. 16: Thad Randle

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